Act 2 Scene 2 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Essay

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Act 2 Scene 2 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

‘Act 2, scene 2 is one of the most important scenes in the play. Explain why it is so vital in showing the play’s themes, emotions, characterisation and situation.

Focus particularly on how Shakespeare’s stagecraft, imagery and language help to bring out the moral and social significance of the play’

Act 2, scene 2 is a vital scene in Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ because the key themes and issues of love and hate are discussed and explored. The result of this is that the couple decided to marry, a fateful decision, and therefore a key point. This is unexpected, as their families have been feuding for many years. By planning to wed
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The relationship with the story is that this show that he is willing to disown his family, take up a new name if Juliet will say that she loves him; deny thy father and refuse thy name; or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I’ll no longer be a Capulet’. The symbolism of baptism shows a purity and youth of their relationship. This is significant because it shows Romeo’s commitment and that he wants to be with her whatever the cost. This links in wit the other religious imagery, referring to Juliet as an ‘angel’ and mentioning ‘idolatry’ again showing the transcendent nature of their love.

Before this scene the romantic kiss at the ball suggests that they love each other already, they engage in their ‘holy palmer’s kiss’, sealing their passionate love. The fight between the families at the start shows that the families share a mutual hate, Shakespeare has structured this scene to juxtapose the elements of love and hate in the play. Romeo and Juliet choose love but the hatred of their relatives is always a problem. Juliet warns that ‘the place death, considering who thou art’, but Romeo says ‘more peril lies in thine eyes than twenty of their swords’ this shows the debate of love and hate again. By Romeo sneaking into the Capulet grounds, the balcony dialogue and then them almost being caught, tension is built up as these
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